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Round-up: Ireland's examination under the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)

15th February 2017

IPRT made a submission in advance of CEDAW on issues facing women in the Irish criminal justice system, including: too many women are sent to prison for non-violent offences (including the non-payment of fines), the failure to provide gender-specific alternatives to prison, and the lack of open prison facilities for women.

Drivetime: Mental Health Issues in Prison

3rd February 2017

IPRT’s Acting Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide spoke to Mary Wilson on RTE Radio One’s Drivetime, on the topic of mental health in prisons.

The Pat Kenny Show: Interview on Spent Convictions

2nd February 2017

IPRT’s Acting Executive Director Fíona Ní Chinnéide spoke to Pat Kenny on the topic of spent convictions.

The Irish Examiner: Feud link to rise in prison protection

1st February 2017

Recently released Irish Prison Service (IPS) figures show that the number of prisoners on 22/23 hour lock-up in Mountjoy has jumped eightfold, from six last October to 47 last month.

Irish Legal News: Hospitalisations of Mountjoy prisoners branded 'shocking'

10th January 2017

The number of Irish prisoners who have been hospitalised as a result of assaults, self-harm and drug incidents - particularly at Mountjoy Prison - is "shocking", the Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT) has said.

The Detail.TV: Concerns raised over scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland

19th December 2016

In TheDetail.TV and The Irish Times, articles by Claire Smyth raise concerns over the scale of prison deaths across the island of Ireland.

The Irish Examiner: No prison visits on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day

19th December 2016

The families of prisoners will not be able to visit their loved ones on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, the Irish Prison Service has confirmed.

The Irish Examiner: Lack of Facilities Delays Releases

30th November 2016

Long-term inmates are being kept in prison despite being eligible for parole because there are no facilities on the outside to support them.

Round Up: Figures released by the CSO on recividism from 2010 cohort

11th November 2016

Read IPRT's comments in the media on data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) on recividism of prisoners released in 2010 and individuals who were placed on Probation Orders or Community Service Orders in the year 2010.

The Irish Examiner: Limit prison to only most serious offences

10th November 2016

There have been calls for the Government to take a fresh look at the effectiveness of sending people to prison after a new report showed almost half of prison inmates had re-offended within three years.

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